Warm Pants?

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I'm over 4-5 layers just to keep my legs warm in winter when out in the bush. It makes certain bodily functions more complicated than they should be lol.

Can anyone recommend a brand of warm pants to go over my undies/thermals? Or maybe a good pair that makes the thermals unnecessary? I have a pair of high quality Berghaus Extrem brand pants that act as a shell and cost me a fortune, but they still aren't keeping me warm.

I have thought of snow pants but they mighn't breathe enough and make me sweaty/hot?

Any recommendations appreciated.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 18:22

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 18:22
i think you've got my problem.....feel the cold...poor blood circulation i think it is

I use padded pants (with two pairs of thermals) when on the back of the truck spotlighting and they are good

just dont get too hot and sweat...moisture (being a good conductor of heat) gets cold really quick and will sap the heat from the body making you colder than what you would be otherwise
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Reply By: blue one - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 18:33

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 18:33
Google them. The bib and brace will do the job.

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& remember Induit say when your feet are cold put on a hat.

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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 18:46

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 18:46
We've been here not so long ago - try ThreadID: 78314 Suggestions for Lower Body Wear on Cold Desert Nights

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Follow Up By: gh1967 - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 20:02

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 20:02
Thanks for that
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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 19:23

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 19:23
Here's a few suggestions:

Go to an online outdoors clothing shop from the UK - they usually rate what temp for the clothing is suited to.

Check how new your thermals are. Are they made from a technical fabric like the new ones? Everyone in our family has thermals we've bought from Mountain Design and get a new pair each year (they get thin when you wash/wear them frequently). They are freaky funky colours (ie. purple and green stripes or rainbow polka dots!) so definatley "underwear" unless you are a clown and like people looking at you in your skins! But they definatley do the job for us so maybe yours are just old??

Shops like Katmandu, Mountain Design, Paddy Pallins specialise in cold climate clothing - people who are trekking Nepal etc get their clothing there so surely they can sort you out!

Also, don't just focus on the legs. Target the extremities cause that's where heat is lost from your body. Wear a woollen beanie, wrap your neck in a scraf, wear gloves, and good quality socks (from one of the above stores, not those crappy supermarket brands).

If all that fails - stick a few coals under your campchair (I do!).

Good luck - nothing worse than being cold... and I feel it too so prefer to look like a freak than suffer.


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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 19:50

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 19:50
So does that mean there is going to be EO Scarfs, gloves and socks in the shop soon cause there is already the beanie LOL

An EO Polar fleece vest and jacket would be good as well ;)

Cheers Kev

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Follow Up By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 20:23

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 20:23
I used to user polypropylene underwear instead of a wetsuit for kayaking in white water, even in cold water conditions. It will wick the moisture away from your skin and dry you in minutes, or just plain keep you warm when you needed it. Great next to the skin too.
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Reply By: MattyA_LC105 - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 19:48

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 19:48
Thomas Cook make a pair of Jeans with Polyfleece inner lining. Very warm and comfortable.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 21:01

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 21:01
Ok, I am probably the wrong guy to be answering this. I have been known to stand outside looking at the stars on a clear winters night in the mountains wearing nothing more than a T shirt and jeans, but I hate being cold. So there are things I do so that I can NOT wear a jumper.

Firstly it is easier to stay warm than to get warm. So make sure you are warm in bed. Spend some good money on your sleeping gear.

Eat plenty of hot food and drinks. I heard it said today that schooners are for summer and whiskey is for winter. Burning food keeps you warm but if you sit drinking ice cold beer all night you will be cold.

Keep the extremities warm. Wear good warm socks and good footwear that will keep your feet warm and get some decent gloves.

It has already been said keep your head warm. I have lots of hair but even so I occasionally resort to a hat.

Now about those trousers. The best I have ever had were pure Australian wool and quite heavy. I don't know where you would get them these days but they work. Second best has been a pair of RM Williams moleskins.

Finally make sure your T shirt is not too thin.

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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 23:33

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 23:33
If you want the ultimate in warmth have a look at a pair of down filled pants.

These are fantastic for cold conditions,but their downside is that if you wear them sitting arond the fire, you will wreck them. Even one timy spark will make a hole and down will leak out.

I have used these types of pants for sitting around in snow caves in winter on the Main Range and been warm.

Otherwise, as suggested above, go to a good quality outdoors shop and have a look at heavier weight thermals and fleece pants...these should do the job, but neither option will be cheap.

These would be good......

Mont fleece pants

Or if you have very deep pockets, try these....

Down High Altitude pants

I also subscribe to the other theories noted above about adequate fluid intake and unfortunately to avoid alcohol, as it will cause peripheral vaso-dilation and help to keep you cold...doesn'tr really matter whether beer or whiskey. All alcohol is evil in cold conditions...sorry.



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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 23:36

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 23:36
Ps...An article I wrote for the Campertrailer crowd...

Dressing for the outdoors....

Hope all this is helpful.


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Reply By: reversemulletman - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 13:49

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 13:49
In a word....Icebreaker. They make pure merino thermals, t-shirts, jackets etc etc. You'll pay good money for them, but they're the ducks guts. I wear one every day when I peddle to work at 5am and it's 2 degrees. I also have a couple more in varying thickness to layer up. Being a natural fibre you can drench them in sweat or pouring rain and they still maintian their warmth. Those sheep aren't as silly as we think.
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